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Refuge February 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:08 pm


refuge (ref-yooj) n., Shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.; any place of shelter, protection, or safety.
Toaster’s inclination to take refuge under the covers hindered making the bed on a daily basis.


Vamp February 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 9:15 pm


vamp (duh) n., A seductive woman who uses her sensuality to exploit men.
She practiced some alluring poses in costume before going onstage to portray a vamp who inadvertently contributes to the suicidal ideations of a salesman.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 9:12 pm


lugubrious (loo-goo-bree-uhs) adj., Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.
She found it difficult to maintain her effervescent demeanor when rehearsing a play with such lugubrious themes as Death of a Salesman.


Confounded February 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 7:01 am


confounded (kon-found-did) v., To be perplexed or amazed, especially by a sudden disturbance or surprise; bewildered; confused.
The fact that a company actually manufactured a product called “Hair Mayonnaise” confounded her.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 6:59 am


embrace (em-breys) v., 1. To take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug. 2. To take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly. 3. To avail oneself of.
He embraced the opportunity to embrace his amazing girlfriend before she ran off to class.


Newfangled February 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 11:37 pm


newfangled (noo-fang-guhld) adj., Different from what one is used to; objectionably new; contemporary.
She was able to take coloring to an exciting new level with her newfangled window crayons!


Ameliorated February 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 3:43 pm


ameliorated (uh-meel-yuh-reyt-id) v., To have recovered or improved from an unsatisfactory state, such as that of idiopathic partial facial paralysis.
After three rather frustrating weeks, her smile ameliorated from its previously askew position.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 3:34 pm


frolic (frol-ik) v., To gambol merrily; to play in a frisky, light-spirited manner; romp.
An unexpected Saturday off provided a perfect opportunity for her to frolic in the park.


Contusion February 19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 3:20 am


contusion (kuhn-too-zhuh) n., An injury, as from a blow with a blunt instrument, in which the subsurface tissue is injured but the skin is not broken; bruise.
She expressed confusion over the origin of the contusion she discovered on her knee.


Insouciant February 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 1:34 pm


insouciant (in-soo-see-uhnt) adj., Free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree.
Swinging before class helped her maintain an insouciant attitude toward the pedantic lecture she was about to endure.